Two Morningside swimmers placed in the individual events in Friday’s action at the NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships.
Suzanna Gonzalez placed fifth in the women’s 200-yard freestyle on Friday at the NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships in Columbus, Ga.
Gonzalez, a junior from Trabuco Canyon, Calif., swam a school record time of 1:54.08 to finish fifth in the final and break her former Morningside record of 1:54.72 that she set earlier in the day in the prelims.
Gonzalez was the national runner-up in Thursday’s 500-yard freestyle to become Morningside’s first-ever NAIA All-American in swimming & diving. Abigail Richey of Savannah College of Art & Design, who defeated Gonzalez for the NAIA 500-yard freestyle crown, won Friday’s 200-yard freestyle final with a time of 1:52.21.
Jake Kohorst, a freshman from Elk River, Minn., placed 16th in the men’s 100-yard backstroke after he swam a time of 53.26 in Friday’s final. Kohorst had advanced to the finals with a school-record time of 52.25 seconds in the prelims. Kohorst carved over a second off his former Morningside record of 53.60 seconds he set earlier this season.
The Mustangs had several competitors not advance past Friday’s prelims.
Billy Salber, a freshman from Omaha, Neb., finished 22nd in the men’s 100-yard butterfly prelims with a time of 52.25 seconds and Timothy Cohoon, a sophomore from Buffalo, Wyo., finished 37th with a time of 53.97.
Evelyn Edge, a senior from Genoa City, Wis., finished 20th in the women’s 200-yard freestyle prelims with a time of 1:58.29 and Tracy Gates, a senior from Escondido, Calif., finished 35th with a time of 2:04.09.
Jessyca Huff, a freshman from Castle Rock, Colo., finished 27th in the women’s 100-yard breaststroke prelims with a time of 1:13.84.
Veronica Mullen, a sophomore from Omaha, Neb., finished 28th in the women’s 100-yard backstroke prelims with a time of 1:02.01.
Tyler Halligan, a senior from North Platte, Neb., finished 26th in the men’s 100-yard backstroke prelims with a time of 55.30 seconds and Lucas Farrington, a sophomore from Rockwell City, Iowa, finished 30th with a time of 56.26.
Morningside finished 17th in the women’s 200-yard medley relay prelims with a time of 1:55.68 from Mullen, Huff, Gonzalez and Edge.
The Mustangs finished 17th in the men’s 200-yard medley relay prelims with a time of 1:39.34 from Halligan, George Weiss, a sophomore from Council Bluffs, Iowa; Salber and Evan Persson, a senior from Blair, Neb.